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Posted: 31 May 2005
A significant breakthrough for the recognition of the work value of Part time Casual Teachers in TAFE has been reached by the NSW Teachers Federation! The case started in the Industrial Relations Commission of NSW on 1 September 2003. Federation and the DET have now reached agreement on an offer to be implemented from the beginning of semester 2, this year. More information
Posted: 27 May 2005
your rights at work - worth fighting for Public education teacher representatives joined thousands of their union colleagues today at venues across NSW. They watched a satellite broadcast from UnionsNSW about the Federal Government's proposed industrial relations changes.
Posted: 26 May 2005
NSW Teachers Federation won increased salaries for TAFE part-time casual teachers "For the record, a media statement released by the Federal Minister for Vocational and Technical Education Mr Hardgrave, dated 25 May 2005 entitled NSW Teachers Federation refuse to reward TAFE teachers, is wrong. Far from opposing increased salaries for NSW part-time casual teachers in TAFE, the Federation made the claim in the NSW Industrial Relations Commission that resulted in the increased salaries.
Posted: 25 May 2005
On 1st June 2005, TAFE teachers will take action in protest against the Federal Government's attacks on TAFE. They will be joining their university and TAFE colleagues nationally across the tertiary sector. NSW TAFE teachers and educational staff will be authorised to stop work to attend public rallies in major centres, or to take other action including protests outside the offices of the Federal Government Members of Parliament. President of the NSW Teachers Federation Maree O'Halloran said:
Posted: 24 May 2005
Budget media release The State Government's complacency in the face of the needs of public education is an indictment and an electoral liability. Today's State Budget does not even deliver a bandaid solution for public education. Instead there appears to be an effective real cut. President of the NSW Teachers Federation Ms Maree O'Halloran said today:
Posted: 19 May 2005
Commissioned by the Parents and Citizens Association of NSW and the Teachers Federation, Professor Vinson's report will chart the State Government's progress towards implementing the recommendations from the 2002 Inquiry into the Provision of Public Education in NSW.
Posted: 19 May 2005
Professor Tony Vinson, from the Sydney University School of Education and Social Work, will launch his new report into public education at Parliament House today. The new report calls for significantly increased funding for:
Posted: 17 May 2005
Two hundred and nineteen public schools are involved in Back to School Day today. This great initiative began in Victoria and this year has been promoted in New South Wales by the Teachers Federation and the Department of Education and Training. As part of promoting the public education program, the Federation has provided funding of $50,000 to help coordinate Back to School Day in New South Wales.
Posted: 16 May 2005
Public education teachers are funding a series of advertisements this week to support Public Education Day. NSW Teachers Federation president Ms Maree O'Halloran said today: "The purpose of the advertising campaign is to celebrate the achievements of public education teachers and students and call for more government investment. Areas requiring immediate attention in the State Budget scheduled for this month include school maintenance, Aboriginal Education and technical support and equipment to support computer technology in schools.
Posted: 16 May 2005
Great schools suffer from government maintenance backlog As schools celebrate Public Education Day this week, the great efforts of teachers, parents and students continues to be undermined by the dilapidated condition the state government has allowed some of our school buildings to fall into to. Teachers across New South Wales call for the state government to increase its investment in the physical condition and maintenance of public schools. Public education is worth the investment.
Posted: 10 May 2005
Federal Government has Education Priorities Wrong Despite a Federal Government surplus Public Education remains a low priority. President of the NSW Teachers Federation Ms Maree O'Halloran said today: "The Federal Government has unveiled a surplus budget yet continues to under fund public education. "Public education helps children from all walks of life reach their full potential. If Australian governments chose to invest more in public education, then Australia would reap enormous benefits in future wealth and security.
Posted: 10 May 2005
By John Dixon Assistant General Secretary - Communications & Administration With its theme, 'Public Education - Worth the Investment', it is an occasion to celebrate the great achievements of public schools and to mobilise supporters to campaign for the maintenance of quality public education in all Australian communities. This year Public Education Day will be celebrated nationally on Thursday 19 May.
Posted: 2 May 2005
Senior Vice President of the NSW Teachers Federation Angelo Gavielatos said today: 'The Howard government hypocrisy is deafening!' Federal Education Minister Brendon Nelson today announced the names of schools that were allocated funds for the teaching of specific values. Mr Gavrielatos said "The values of care and compassion; doing your best; fair go; freedom; honesty and trustworthiness; integrity; respect; responsibility and understanding; tolerance and inclusion' are values that underpin public education.
Posted: 29 April 2005
The Carr Government is determined to proceed with the use of Public Private Partnerships in public education despite such financial arrangements being discredited in many places in the world. Ms Maree O'Halloran, President of the NSW Teachers Federation said today:
Posted: 29 April 2005
By John Dixon  Acting General Secretary This year Public Education Day will be celebrated nationally on Thursday 19 May. With its theme, 'Public Education - Worth The Investment', it is an occasion to celebrate the great achievements of public schools and colleges and to mobilise supporters to campaign for the maintenance of quality public education in all Australian communities. A strong and socially representative system of public schools and colleges is the best means of providing quality education for all.
Posted: 26 April 2005
By NSW Teachers Federation The theme of this year's May Day March is Build a United Front - Struggle for Workers' Rights. Members are encouraged to rally in opposition to the Howard Government's attack on the fundamental rights of workers. Assemble 11am Hyde Park North (march to commence at 12 noon) This year May Day takes on additional meaning and importance. As of 1 July the federal government will have control both of the House of Representatives and the Senate.
Posted: 21 April 2005
The Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA Raffle is on again! First prize is a trip around the world for two people, and tickets are only $2 each.
Posted: 15 April 2005
Members' Views Sought on 'Educational Leadership and Teaching in the 21st Century' The Federation would like to hear members' views of a draft paper, "Educational Leadership and Teaching in the 21st Century."
Posted: 7 April 2005
Meetings should be held by the 6th May All workplaces have been asked to hold a Federation meeting to consider the union's new salaries claim and fax the results back by Friday May 6. A package of material has been posted to Federation Representatives with an explanation of the initial claim put forward by Annual Conference, providing a general context and covering issues such as quantum and duration, and restructuring.
Posted: 7 April 2005
By Jennifer Leete Deputy President The Federation opposes the introduction by the Premier, Bob Carr, of yet another state-wide test, a science test for Year 8 students. Science teachers already use tests and other sophisticated, authentic methods of assessment to assess student performance and modify their teaching accordingly.
Posted: 6 April 2005
With its theme, 'Public Education - Worth The Investment', national Public Education Day, Thursday 19th May is an occasion to celebrate the great achievements of public schools and to mobilise supporters to campaign for the maintenance of quality public education in all Australian communities. Public Education Day - Thursday 19th May A strong and socially representative system of public schools is the best means of providing quality education for all.
Posted: 2 April 2005
'The recommendations of the Public Education Council reported in the Sydney Morning Herald today support the findings and recommendations of the 2002 Vinson Inquiry,' said Maree O'Halloran, President, NSW Teachers Federation. The Government Advisory Council said in part: "There is little dispute that the resources available to public schools are viewed as inadequate across the community and that [federal and state] public funding regimes are dysfunctional".
Posted: 2 April 2005
Recent newspapers stories have described the Report of the NSW Public Education Council. A full copy of the report is available on the DET website.
Posted: 30 March 2005
"Teachers in our public schools are dedicated, committed and caring professionals. They develop and support strategies to eradicate bullying in schools," said Maree O'Halloran, President, NSW Teachers Federation. The NSW Teachers Federation supports the comments made by the Minister for Education Carmel Tebutt, that "...encourage students to talk about bullying when it occurs."
Posted: 29 March 2005
The Federal Coalition and State Labor governments have both cut funding to TAFE. These funding cuts have caused 270,000 people across Australia to be turned away from TAFE since 1998, contributing to the current skills crisis. The Howard government proposes to provide 7000 student places per year across Australia, yet for the same investment TAFE could train up to 50,000 more students each year. 

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